pruning - Knowledgebase Question

Columbia, So
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Question by judyannesmit
November 24, 2009
I live in Columbia,SC and have some variegated weigela. When and how much can they be pruned?
Thank you, Judy Smith

Answer from NGA
November 24, 2009
Weigela produces its main bloom flush in the spring and then blooms sporadically through the summer. In my garden I remove several of the oldest stems each spring, by cutting them at the base of the plant, immediately after blooming. This promotes vigorous new growth and also allows me to enjoy the best possible spring bloom show. Alternatively, you could cut the entire plant off near the ground about every fifth year as a more drastic "renewal" type of pruning. If yours is a new plant, you might not need to do much pruning until about three years from now when it has begun to show signs of woodiness. Each summer you may also prune lightly, removing a wayward tip here or there as needed for shape. Dead or damaged wood can of course be removed at any time. Hope this answers your question.

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